Hospital Intervention Liaison Worker



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Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for an individual with experience of working in substance use and mental health to join our team. The Foundations HILT service is based in the Urgent and Emergency Care Department within James Cook Hospital. The role will be to see and assess any patient accessing the hospital with drug and / or alcohol issues for engagement and support, referring into community services for support where needed. The ideal candidate will be confident working within a hospital setting and have experience with mental health and substance use.

The service is currently a 7 day service which covers weekends and Bank holidays. Full time employees are expected to work their contracted hours on a rota basis, covering the service opening hours of 8am and 8pm, working a minimum of 4 days a week.

Main duties of the job


To ensure patients are aware of the risks associated with their substance use and support them do develop strategies to reduce the associated harm of their substance use.

To support patients to access appropriate health care supporting them to address often complex health needs and reduce incidents of drug related death.

Liaise and communicate with multi-agency staff.

To identify, assess and refer individuals who need substance use support (including alcohol).

To support the facilitation of hospital to home detox processes.

To deliver prevention focused interventions.

To build and maintain links with MACE (Middlesbrough Alcohol Centre of Excellence).

To liaise with community substance use services.

About us

At Foundations we pride ourselves on being a social inclusion practice supporting people who find themselves excluded socially. Currently we support people who are seeking asylum or who have refugee status, people who are homeless, people who have problems with substance use and people who have had their access to NHS Primary Care limited.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Under the supervision and direction of the HILT Service Lead you will provide the following clinical interventions:

Substance Misuse (and alcohol):

  • Communicate with and complete electronic records for individuals
  • Refer individuals into community services

· Brief and enhanced interventions for problematic alcohol use

· Assessment of alcohol use to identify dependency

· Detox assessments

· Rehab assessments

· Safeguarding

· Liaison with GP

· Liaison with Crisis Assessment Suite at Roseberry Park

· Needle exchange

· Support with detoxification for both drug and alcohol

· Support with reduction of other drugs

· Offer advice on safer injecting and wider harm reduction advice

· Support patients to engage with partner agencies

· Alcohol screening tools, for example SADQ and Audit C

Person Specification



  • GCSE grade A to C in English and Maths
  • Qualified to NVQ level 2 in Health and Social Care


  • Qualified to NVQ level 3



  • Knowledge of NHS
  • Ability to use clinical computer system
  • Organisation skills
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to work under own initiative
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Reliability
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to understand needs of challenging individuals
  • Ability to help engage with individuals and support them with solving problems
  • Self-motivated, tenacious and resilient


  • Experience of working in a Hospital Setting

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name



Marton Road




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For questions about the job, contact:

Lorna Hughes

Date posted

03 May 2022

Pay scheme



£24,000 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Marton Road




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